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Good Versatile All Mountain Ski Mostly East Coast [PA/NY, some VT/NH, 20 year hiatus]

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I'm looking for a good all mountain ski for mostly east Coast (PA/NY), but with the option to hit groomers,off piste, and powder when we get the chance. I'm 5'9" 195 lbs 42 years old ,and can ski just about anything (or at least I could when I was 20). I got back into skiing recently an bought a pair of Volkl RTM 166cm. They are way too short and narrow for me though. I recently took a trip out west Utah and Colorado and rented the Mantra; loved them. I felt so comfortable and skied really well even in the deep stuff which was really my first time in +29" fresh powder in almost 20 years (when skis were waaay different). I'm tempted to buy the Mantra but feel like it may be a waste because I typically don't have the opportunity to ski those kinds of conditions. Mostly ski PA/NY and sometime VT/NH. I will definitely head back out west though it was life altering, but I can always rent for those trips.

 

I appreciate any suggestions?

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If you really liked the Mantras, (sticking with a Volkl better suited for the East Coast) I would suggest the Kendo. It's 89mm waist, and I like to think 90mm as a good standard for an all mountain Eastern ski. Never have personally skied them but my #1 ski buddy has had them for years and they have been great for him everywhere on the mountain. Will give you good edge on hard stuff, but still be pretty nimble in bumps, trees, and at 89mm, their float is doable for most power days. 

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Welcome to EpicSki.  I am not from the East but I've been around here long enough to know that the Head Rev 85 is a good choice for what you want.  I have not skied it but it gets good comments on here for versatility.  A couple of other skis you might want to consider are the Dynastar Powertrack 84 and the Head Strong Instinct Ti.  At 84 and 83mm they are both close to the Head Rev in width.  I've skied both of these and am adding the Head to my quiver this year even though I already have an 84mm ski.  I found the Head quite versatile and just a lot of fun to ski.

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I have read some very good reviews of the Blizzard Brahma as well (125-88-110) with tip and tail rocker, which I really liked from skiing the Mantras. I'm also trying to figure out what size I should move to...at 5'9" 195lbs the 166cm Volkl RTMs I got were clearly a mistake (price was right though). I'm thinking 173cm since the Mantras I skied were 170cm and I felt like I could have handled more ski. A lot of threads I read state the Brahma skis shorter due to the full rocker, so I wonder should I go for the 173cm or 180cm?

 

I'm new to these forums, so thanks for the advice this is really very helpful.....

 

Cheers

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I have read some very good reviews of the Blizzard Brahma as well (125-88-110) with tip and tail rocker, which I really liked from skiing the Mantras. I'm also trying to figure out what size I should move to...at 5'9" 195lbs the 166cm Volkl RTMs I got were clearly a mistake (price was right though). I'm thinking 173cm since the Mantras I skied were 170cm and I felt like I could have handled more ski. A lot of threads I read state the Brahma skis shorter due to the full rocker, so I wonder should I go for the 173cm or 180cm?

I'm new to these forums, so thanks for the advice this is really very helpful.....

Cheers

At your height and weight, you'll want to go longer, I think, on a rockered ski. I'm 5' 6", 170, and I found a 180 cm Sin 7 just fine (though a 173 fully-cambered MX83 was too much). Demoing should help you decide, anyway.
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